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How to help make your business more sustainable

by John Saunders
14th Apr 22 11:36 am

If you own your own business and you’re concerned about its impact on the environment, then take a look at the following post. We will be covering how you can make changes to your business that will benefit both you and the environment. Keep reading to find out more.

Assessing your business processes

If you want to make your business more sustainable and eco-friendly choices for your business, you will need to assess the current processes you have in place and their impact on the environment. From there, you can research potential solutions to replace these processes more sustainably.

Work with your team to implement new business strategies that can improve your business sustainability. It will depend on the type of business you are in, but general areas to look at include transport, pollution, resources, and sourcing materials.

Working from home

Working from home has become more popular in recent times, and many companies have chosen to continue with this method of working. As well as saving your business money elsewhere, remote working means your employees do not need to commute to work, cutting down on their contribution to pollution and fuel consumption.

It also means you don’t have to use power supplying an office with heating, lighting, and office equipment, reducing your business’s carbon footprint. If it’s not possible to allow your employees to work from home, then consider introducing schemes such as carpooling, or locating your premises with good access to public transport.

Sustainable finance

Understanding how to make financial decisions for your business that will lead to better economic and sustainable choices is becoming increasingly important for business owners. If you feel like you could benefit from further education on sustainable finance and investing, then consider enrolling on a sustainable finance course to learn more. Education is the key to understanding your business’s financial decisions and how to make better sustainable investments.

Changes to transport

If your business uses transport for goods or services, you should take the time to consider if your current choices of transport are the most sustainable and whether there are better alternatives. For example, if you use air freight, could you swap this for rail or sea freight? Consider your options by searching the local area, as well as considering more national approaches too.

Sourcing locally

Sourcing supplies and products for your business locally is a great way to support an eco-friendly approach and help other local businesses out at the same time. Research local suppliers and reach out to them to establish a business relationship and deal that works for you both. You can also use this to help market your business, as customers will be more likely to want to support a sustainable and ethical company. Sourcing locally can sometimes also help reduce the cost of your supply chain and be a more eco-friendly choice. Working with local suppliers will also give you the opportunity to have a closer working relationship with them and better communication when you need it.

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